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Deputy Chief International Officer

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The Obama Foundation-Chicago | Washington, DC

The Obama Foundation-Chicago

Published 12 days ago

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

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About the Role

The Deputy Chief International Officer will work closely with the Chief International Officer to lead the International Team in inspiring, empowering, and connecting emerging leaders around the world. The Deputy Chief will assist with crafting and executing the overall strategy for international leadership development programs; will supervise and provide direction to the team’s regional program managers to ensure each regional program is aligned with the team’s overall strategy and the larger Foundation’s theory of change; and will drive the measurement and evaluation activities to guide the evolution of international programmatic work. In addition to providing strategic programmatic direction, the Deputy Chief will also help ensure that the International team is run in an efficient and high-functioning manner by assisting with ongoing management responsibilities and decisions. The Deputy Chief will work closely with and provide strategic input to other departments across the Foundation. He/she will play a key role in building and maintaining strategic partnerships with outside organizations and funders around the world.. The Deputy Chief will be based in Washington, D.C. and must be willing to travel internationally up to 25 percent of their time. The Deputy Chief International Officer will report to the Chief International Officer. 


  • Within 2 months, has established regular communications protocols with all direct reports, including regular feedback sessions leading up to quarterly performance reviews and draft professional opportunity plans.
  • Within 3 months, has produced a clear program vision and strategic plan for 2020 and 2021 for Leaders and Scholars programs
  • Within 3 months, has established a process for all team budget related planning, including annual budgets, expense tracking, and monthly reconciliation.
  • Within 3 months has, in tandem with Development colleagues, created a plan and materials to court regional program donors and institutional partners in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • Within 5 months, has supervised the completion of a draft application process for Africa, Asia, and Europe for 2021 classes.
  • Within 6 months, has produced a 5 year strategic plan and program vision.
  • Within 6 months, has designed in tandem with relevant partners a plan for measuring the impact of international programs.


In addition to the outcomes listed above, we imagine that the Deputy Chief International Officer will also spend their time in the following ways:

  • Organizational Leadership and Vision: Provide leadership and vision for creation, growth, and evolution of international programming in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. This includes curriculum design, pedagogy, alumni engagement, virtual programming and network building, institutional partnerships, and impact and evaluation. Directly shape and advance strategic program goals. Research and conduct landscape analysis of areas of interest to identify unique niches and opportunities for the Foundation. Work to identify institutional and individual partnerships for international programs. 
  • Program Ideation, Planning, and Implementation: Oversee program plans -- including budget, logistics, and content; and assist in the identification of new program partnership and collaboration opportunities. Provide leadership in planning and implementing new leadership development programs for emerging leaders around the world. Cultivate an atmosphere of collegiality and accountability for continuous evaluation and development of programs that always puts participants first. Monitor research, literature, and current trends on leadership in each of the regions to identify relevant issues, opportunities, and areas for thought partnerships. Spearhead the development of an impact and evaluation system for international programs.
  • Supervision and Management: Supervise, manage, and evaluate multiple program managers in a highly collaborative and efficient manner that fosters integration, scale, and evolution of programs. Conduct regular reviews of direct reports’ work plans, quarterly reviews of their performance, and propose opportunities for their career development. Assist with hiring as the team expands. Oversee the development of the team’s annual budget and strategic plan.
  • Relationship Building: Coordinate with the Development team to design proposals to fund international programs, explain international programs to prospective donors, and identify new potential partners. The Deputy will work to produce and refine external materials that explain the strategy and approach of international programs. Represent the team in meetings with donors and partners. 


  • Minimum of 10 years experience designing, implementing, and supporting social impact or leadership programs in an international setting in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors;
  • Extensive contacts among international and domestic philanthropic, non-governmental, private sector CSR, and government leadership training organizations;
  • Experience managing multi-million dollar budgets and creating multi-year strategic plans;
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with a track record of meeting short- and long-term responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high volume organization;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, aggressively prioritize work streams and resources to meet goals, and communicate effectively with others to achieve objectives and meet deadlines;
  • Outcome oriented with a bias toward data-driven results;
  • Executive presence with exceptional written and oral communication skills utilized for both internal and external audiences;
  • Track-record of bringing innovative approaches and resources to work, implementing best practice from across sectors and issue areas;
  • Strong research skills and is both creative and resourceful in seeking answers;
  • Good sense of humor, calm under pressure, and flexible amidst changing priorities;
  • Strong team player and both self-confident and willing to take on any task, however large or small;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, as well as Salesforce and Google apps; strong PowerPoint and Excel skills are required.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the…

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